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McNeill's Oatmeal Stout - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Oatmeal StoutMcNeill's Oatmeal Stout

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2003)
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pendabev

New York

4.78/5  rDev +27.5%

This beer poured a darker brown than I expected -- almost black. The head was creamy, with a dark tan color, but very thin. The best-by month was not marked on the label, and when I saw the thin head, I was afraid the beer had gone flat. Fortunately, the smell proved that theory wrong. Hops, oats and roasted malt were all present -- a very fresh smelling beer. This is a delicious beer. In my opinion, this is what an oatmeal stout should taste like. Light hop flavor floating in a sea of malt -- and then the oats come in strong. This would be a great session stout. If only I didn't have to drive so far to get it.

03-02-2004 13:41:36 | More by pendabev
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iceball585

New York

4.65/5  rDev +24%

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick dark brown head that faded slowly to a thin cover

S- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark malts, oatmeal, hint of coffee

T- Coffee, smokey, dark chocolate, vanilla, milky, dark malts, oats, slight bitter bite at the end

M- Heavy bodied, low carbonation, smooth, creamy, slight dry then oily finish

D- Could drink a lot more of this one

Definatly a great oatmeal stout. Good full stout feel and good flavors that aren't too overpowering. This one ranks near the top of my list of favorite stouts.

11-05-2007 23:17:41 | More by iceball585
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lpayette

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

Smells of oatmeal, malt, bitter baker's chocolate, with hints of alcohol and hops.

Pours a deep black with the brownest head I've ever seen. The head was also rather massive.

Tastes were in short, incredible. Lots of oatmeal taste in this one. The baker's chocolate is less evident in the taste than in the smell which I like. Alcohol is stowed away nicely but you can taste just enough to know that it's there. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Ends on a little bitter note. To date, this is my favorite Oatmeal stout by far.

01-03-2006 06:47:19 | More by lpayette
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

A fine oatmeal stout. Pours with a thick jet black body, and a thick frothy caramel-colored head. Has a pleasant sweet aroma, a mix of coffee and caramel notes, a nice roasted malt character. The beer tastes strongly of nicely toasted malt, slight hops, and a nice nutty character from the oatmeal. This beer is absolutely silky, and dances over the tongue. Delicous and wonderful.

Thus far the best I've had at McNeills, and one of the best stouts I've had in a long time. And even better: McNeill's sells growlers now. :)

03-23-2003 16:05:28 | More by kaszeta
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +20%

Saw this on tap at American Flatbread and just had to have it.

Poured a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma was very roasty, with hints of coffee, cream and oatmeal in the nose. The taste was roasty with a burnt coffee/oatmeal character showing through more. It was also creamy and a bit chewy as well. Went down smooth at the back of the throat.

A very good effort at an Imperial Stout. I'm also hoping to find the bottled version sometime as I missed this beer.

12-07-2007 01:52:21 | More by Brad007
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silver1audi

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +20%

What a delicious offering from McNeills. (It should be known that I generally compare oatmeal stouts to Sam Smiths which seems to have set the bar) When poured into my standard pint glass it has a beautiful black body and a caramel colored head. Smells oaty, chocolately, malty, coffee... tastes a bit paper-y, tastes of chocolate, oats, malts, coffee, caramel, slightly cough syrupy, a touch of hops toward the end. The flavor is very bold and right up front as soon as it hits your tongue; nothing weak about this beer. Mouthfeel is thick, coating, and slippery on the tongue.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've tasted. When I'm in the mood for an oatmeal stout, I'll definately be reaching for this one.

If you like giant robust flavor, it's worth grabbing this one.

10-20-2006 05:59:06 | More by silver1audi
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lakeguard

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%

This is one of the best stouts that I tried this year. I got a 22 oz. bottle on a trip to Vermont but didn't get around to drinking it right away. Once I did, it was a memorable experience. Just a good strong, rich, bitter flavor all the way through the after taste. I will be looking for more on my next trip to the area. Beer is like life--you never know what you're going to encounter, but when you find something good, don't let it get away.

12-14-2009 14:16:22 | More by lakeguard
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.

Pours a syrupy, chocolate-maple in color. Slightly creamy, deep brown colored head that lingers as a whispy sheet. Faint lacing with decent strength.

Rich, milk and dark chocolate with whaffs of oatmeal, oak, and warming alcohol. Nice creaminess with tones of toffee, mocha, and fudge.

Rich milk and dark chocolate, mocha, and fudge upfront: intensely rich. Creamy vanilla and oatmeal flavors that provide a nice balance. Dried oak, faint hints of slick alcohol, and notes of dark fruit: plum, grape. Complex and very flavorful.

Full in body; rich and robust, yet also creamy and smooth. Not quite syrupy, but coats the palate well.

McNeill's Oatmeal Stout is addictive, nevermind drinkable. Great aromatics and flavor: a stunning brew for the colder months.

10-21-2006 13:14:05 | More by NEhophead
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ChuckD

New York

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

22oz bomber brought back from VT. Poured into a chalice. The pour shows a breautiful, thick tawny head. Decent lacing on the way down. The color is perfect - dark brown/black.

The nose is great on this beer. The sweetness of the roasted grains jumps out. There is no real typical sour smell with this oatmeal. You definitely know that there is some richness on the way.

In the mouth, the smells are verified. Layers and layers of sweet oats, chewy and substantial nuttiness. The maltiness is not overwhelming, as there is a little hop character and slight carbonation to break it up. The finish is nice and dry, with the sweetness giving way to a more organic earthiness.

Musings: This is a wonderful oatmeal. One of my favorites. The taste blew me away.

02-13-2006 14:26:30 | More by ChuckD
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cichief

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +16%

Had on tap at McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, VT.

A- Pours nearly black with a thick, dark brown head.

S- Scent of coffee and dark chocolate, slight hops undertone.

T- Big and powerful, it starts of with sweet malt than goes to bitter coffee/chocolate, and finishes slightly dry.

M- Smooth and creamy, thick on the palate, nice dryish finish.

D- Very tasty, one of the best Oatmeal Stouts I have had.

05-07-2007 12:57:23 | More by cichief
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Billolick

New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

Yeah baby, this is some mighty tasty stuff. Bomber bottle with the paper label. opens with no sound, very low carbonation. A hard pour raises only a 1/4 inch head. Anyway, classy tiny bubbles are what were talking about and world class lacing. Malty, burnt nose. Smooth mouthfeel, velvet on the tongue, nice roasty malt notes and a nice soft and dry finish. Love the style and love this rich and bold take on it

08-04-2004 01:29:29 | More by Billolick
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scottum

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Pours out a deep dark dark brownn blackish with a nice deep tan head. Nice and roasty, just like we like the oat stouts. Malty thick. Dry, yet smooth. Certainly another great Vermont Oatmeal Stout. Right up there with Otter Creek's Organic and Heart of Darkness for top VT oat stout.

03-14-2004 03:17:23 | More by scottum
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was an opaque black color with three fingers of barrel-colored brown head. The retention was very good as a fluffy cap and the lacing sticky in spots. The aroma was of unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt and dry oatmeal. The flavors were spot-on for the style, roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a pleasant balancing note of oats. Rich and quaffable. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation soft. Though it was not deeply complex or earth shattering this beer really landed the dismount, scoring high in every column and thus making it one of my favorites in this style.

07-07-2009 13:36:02 | More by thekevlarkid
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Stimack

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

I have been waiting to try this beer for a number of months now. I picked this up during a trip to Vermont this past summer and wanted to wait till we had some cooler weather and today was the day. This brew poured jet black with a smallish dark tan head that had some legs but broke down to just leaving froth around the edges of the glass. The aroma is very nice, coffee, chocolate, and a smoky roasted scent. Has a nice flavor which seems to have quite a bit going on. Smooth with a sweet flavor upfront which breaks quite quickly a nice smoked roasted taste with expresso, oatmeal and vanilla flavors. This brew ends with a nice dry feel. Overall this is a pretty easy drinking brew with a lot of characteristics. Glad I waited to give this one a try, went well with the cooler weather.

11-19-2007 01:37:39 | More by Stimack
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (thx, jwale73) to a standard pint. Label is perhaps the most 'amateur'-looking design I've seen yet - photo doesn't do justice as to just how unattractive this one is, at least on the outside...served at probably between 55-60F, perfect for the nuances of this style. Best before last Day of <ka-chunk> March (looks to be a hand-punched label).

A: The pour is deep ebony, capped with a a fizzy tan head cresting at about 2-fingers. As it drops, it grows more dense and forms a blotchy, petri-dish kind of head, quite bubbly. Virtually no lace, a few scattered specks.

A: Aroma is quite sweet, full of grainy oatmeal, reduced sugar and a hint of vanilla. A strong smelling oatmeal stout, with a lingering acidity of lactose and mild lemon. Surprisingly bold, sort of singes the nostrils.

T: A superbly roasted and flavorful coffee-centric stout, with enough sweetness to counterbalance the nearly blistering bitterness. Dark roasted, hinting at over-the-top smokiness, sweetness, bitterness and sourness, then a mellower sugar/charred - all make this fun to drink.

M: Coating thickness. Not a heavy stout, but one that fills the mouth with a power definitely much larger than its meager 4.9% abv. A slight carbonation, a strong bitter roast and a careful sweetened malt finish.

D: That firm and rich roasted quality certainly makes this a sipper; 22 oz. is alot to consume, flavor-wise. Still, it's very good and one worth recommending, especially to the oatmeal stout enthusiast. The fairly miniscule ABV makes this a sure fire session-worthy beer if you're looking for big flavor and low alcohol.

01-24-2008 01:43:49 | More by msubulldog25
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Had this black beauty during the Saints vs. Colts NFL opener.

Pours a complete opaque black with a one finger tan head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Even with a pretty aggressive pour, the head of this one didn't yeild much. Stickiness is alright, nothing to write home about. Smell is pretty typical for the style. Loads of chocolate malt, toasted oat, and roasted barley. Taste is pretty solid. Good smokey roasted barley up front with an espresso and coffee like taste that follows. Aftertaste is sweet milk chocolate that ends this one perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium to full with just enough carbonation. Creamy, rich, and thick...just how Oatmeal Stouts should be. Alcohol is low, but I can't put this one down too quick because of how filling it is. Definitely the kind of beer that gives me a craving for a fine cigar.

09-07-2007 01:23:53 | More by BeerTruth
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Grabbed this one from the back of the fridge to go with dinner last night, the last of what I had from McNeil's. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/12/2010.
 
The pour was very nice, and much bigger then I would have thought. A deep chocolate brown color was evident right away. Very nice and dark with a big foamy head of light tan coming up and over the top and settling down quit nicely I have to admit. Really nice lacing as it settles down inside the glass. Rich, sweet aroma of milk chocolate, cookie dough, touches of lactose coming through right out of the gate. That warm, sweet smell you find in a well done oatmeal stout. Warming did fade it out a little bit, but nothing terrible at all, in fact in fact it was still more then decent. Smooth, even carbonation really gave a nice kick to the medium body, as it did not come across to heavy at all, in fact just about right. Nice coating on the tongue of sweet malts and chocolate touches balanced against a light coffee bitterness in the finish was just what was needed. Light and easily session able, the bottle was made quick work of.
 
Overall this was very solid and very serviceable. Really a good representation of the style and easily one of my favorites I have had from them. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day!

01-13-2010 16:36:57 | More by mikesgroove
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Near complete blackness with root beer highlights under a gigantic head of rocky tan foam which looked like a mountain range of carbonation and left piles of lace in the glass. Beer gushed a bit but this head just built volume very quickly.

S: Sweet and herbal with hints of cocoa, roasted grains and weak coffee.

T: Bittersweet and earthy up front with hints of sweet caramel roasted and specialty black malts mixed with with a slighlty smoky sweet and creamy flavor. Earthy and herbal hops build a balance before a smooth, brown-sugar sweetened oatmeal finish with light bitterness.

M: Smooth, medium-full bodied and creamy at just under 5% ABV.

O: The head on this brew could have been eaten with a spoon and the hot, cooked grain and chocolately flavors might require that spoon on the label. Would probably make an excellent beer float with vanilla ice cream.

06-06-2011 01:13:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
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far333

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

The darkest brown I've ever seen, pours syrupy from the glass and rises to a dark brown frothy head. The head settles quickly, but wafts an aroma upward of cocoa and deeply roasted malt. There's even some coffee smells hitting my nose. Flavor is rich and itense, the mild cocoa hits first, followed by molasses and brown sugar, trailing to a coffee bitter, and ending with raisin. Almost seems like an imperial at times. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, as I find with many beers from this brewer. Spotty lacing dots the glass. This is rich and intense and complex, even for an oatmeal stout. Really nice beer.

12-07-2003 23:22:46 | More by far333
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Monster sized head. Superior lace; chunky rings after every sip. Dark brown; so dark, no light passes through.

Creamy, chocolate milk aroma; great mild hop in the background. Attractive, balanced and rich.

Deep, dark cocoa--beyond semi-sweet--very bitter. Thinnish body, the only real negative. Long-lasting aftertaste of coffee grounds. Simply a delightful, heavy stout.

07-03-2009 00:44:57 | More by smcolw
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Dark colored fluffy large 2+ finger head rises up in my oversized snifter, and fades very slowly leaving a slight lacing. THe beer is pitch black as the starless night that approaches.

N: Mostly oatmeal, a nice oatmeal stout aroma that is. Some dark malts, a little roast, black patent, heavy lovibond crystal, even a little dark fruit aromas. Some light caramel and fluffy malt aromas. There is also a light hop aroma, with a little aromatic hops, little spicy and floral hop aromas. The nose is harder to get though, even with the oversized snifter I have to really agitate it to get through to the aroma.

T: Starts with a somewhat sweet stout flavor, lots of malts. There's a pillowy fluffy malt taste, that gives me the feeling of nougat and marshmellow, but in dark malt form. Some oatmeal and thickness, more dark malts, a little roast and black patent, and dark crystal, as well as a touch of caramel. A little molasses too. I also get a slight hint of tangy fruit, almost as if this beer is a little too old for itself. It's supposed to be kept and drank fresh, and I bought it recently but who knows how long the store had it. It says best before May 2010, so just missed the date. There is a little spicy and floral hop characteristic with it, and just a slight hint of bitterness from hops, combined with a little bitterness from the roasty malts.

M: Pretty thick and fluffy, oatmeal like, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes a little more bitter as the hops and roasty malts seem to add a nice earthy bitterness, but it's still light on the bitterness. It dries a bit but keeps some sweetness about it with a little more caramel, nougat, and touch of molasses. It leaves a little syrupy sweet sticky feel as well, that combines with the lingering fluffy oatmeal feel and is somewhat heavenly in the mouth. More roasty dark malts linger too, mostly charred earthy bitterness at this point. A hint of that tangy fruit also lingers too.

If I remove that tangy fruit, this is a really good oatmeal stout. Very tasty, great mouth feel, and best of all super drinkable at <5%. I would put this up to the Sam Smith any day as a great drinkable oatmeal stout.

06-06-2010 00:44:33 | More by jlindros
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured into a nonic...

This brew pours a pitch black with a creamy, dense one-finger head that is a light brown color. The head fades to a thin, somewhat chunky layer that leaves descent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, oats and coffee bitters.

Tastes of dark sweet chocolates, mild coffee bitters and oats. These flavors seem to become more pronounced as this brew warms. Nice bitter finish left on the tongue.

Thick, chewey, creamy and robust.

This is a highly sessionable oatmeal stout. Not too big... I would have actually hoped for a bit more punch - nevertheless, this is a very good oatmeal stout. If you see it it is definitely one worthy of trying.

09-24-2010 00:31:24 | More by ujsplace
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8%

Another 22 oz. bomber from McNeill's, brought back quite a few with me from VT.

Its a fairly attractive beer, as its black as night with a nice slow-forming cocoa-colored head. The chocolate malt mixed with some smokiness in the nose is a delight. So far, so good. Its certainly a full and heavy-to-medium body with a tantalizing slick and creamy mouthfeel. There is heavy roastiness with toasted chocolate malt and lighter coffee bitterness begging for showtime. It remains pale and very earthy throughout, true to the style. It finishes with more coffee residue than the mouthfeel would suggest. Still, nicely balanced with a creamy malt texture that is satisfying. Wholesome and well crafted.

02-18-2006 12:50:16 | More by Hhawk06
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks to Vermonthiker for this. Initial reaction was; what happened to the bottle? No bubbles on top of the liquid, it even appeared to be missing some fluid. Dark, almost no carbonation present. The pour-was this a cask beer? The taste-a cask RIS and a magnificent one based on that with understated natural carbonation and tasty coffee-chocolate bittersweetness, with complexity at sips. A delight of a beer.

02-10-2008 03:32:53 | More by Sammy
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Great chocolate color and beautiful head...lacing is consistent down the side of the glass. Smell is rich in roated malt and coffee/chocolate notes. Taste is like an iced coffee that is quite crisp. Mouthfeel is nicely dry throughout, with a good lingering dry finish. I liked the dry quality and felt that it enhanced the drinkability. Very nice brew I would try again.

05-11-2004 00:25:38 | More by edchicma
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